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Income and productivity: East Germany barely catches up

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4/28/2014

Research Seminar 'Creditor Seniority in Europe’s Sovereign Debt Crisis'

Prof Frank Westermann, Ph.D., University of Osnabrück
2:15 - 3:45 pm, IWH, conference room

The share of public debt that is held by lenders with preferred creditor status (e.g. the IMF, ECB, ESM) has increased substantially during Europe's sovereign debt crisis. Empirically, we document in both, macro and survey data that there exists a close relationship between the increase in senior tranche lending and the interest rates of countries in crisis. [...] read more


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4/10/2014 Joint Economic Forecast Spring 2014

Upturn in German Economy, but Economic Policy Creates Headwind (Press Summary)

The German economy is experiencing an upturn in spring 2014. Gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to grow by 1.9 percent this year. The 68 percent projection interval ranges from 1.2 percent to 2.6 percent. Domestic demand is the main driver of growth. Consumer prices will increase by a moderate 1.3 percent in 2014. The number of persons in employment looks set to rise steeply once again in 2014. Economic activity, however, will have to weather an economic policy headwind. The entitlement to a full pension as of 63 years is a step in the wrong direction and the introduction of the minimum wage will curb the rise in employment in 2015.



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4/2/2014 Discussion Papers 4/2014

Outperforming IMF Forecasts by the Use of Leading Indicators

This study analyzes the performance of the IMF World Economic Outlook forecasts for world output and the aggregates of both the advanced economies and the emerging and developing economies. With a focus on the forecast for the current and the next year, we examine whether IMF forecasts can be improved by using leading indicators with monthly updates.

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3/28/2014 Discussion Papers 3/2014

Fiscal Equalization, Tax Salience, and Tax Competition

Jurisdictions that engage in inter-regional tax competition usually try to attenuate competitive pressures by substituting salient tax instruments with hidden ones. On this effect, we investigate the efficiency consequences of inter-regional tax competition and fiscal equalization in a federal system when taxpayers fail to optimally react on shrouded attributes of local tax policy.

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2/27/2014 Discussion Papers 2/2014

Technological Activities in CEE Countries: A Patent Analysis for the Period 1980-2009

The aim of this paper is to analyze the technological activities of Central and Eastern European (CEE) economies and to compare them with the technological activities of other world regions. Using data from the EPO World Wide Statistical Database for the period 1980-2009 the analysis is based on counts of priority patent applications over time. In terms of priority patent applications, CEE reduced its technological activities drastically in absolute and per capita terms after 1990.

In the Institute's Discussion Papers, individual authors present the results of their academically oriented research. More Discussion Papers may be downloaded here for free.

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